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Wide disparities in US health care found

Apr 6, 2006
The United States may have the world's most effective health care system, but according to a new study, it's far from the most equitable. Helen Palmer reports.
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Massachusetts has a plan for healthcare

Apr 5, 2006
The Massachusetts legislature has approved a healthcare plan it believes, in a couple of years, won't cost taxpayers a dime. Gov. Mitt Romney says he'll sign it. Other states are going to wait and see. Helen Palmer reports.
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A new prescription: recycling drugs

Mar 31, 2006
Thousands of dollars of prescription drugs are destroyed everyday because their intended patients don't use them. A new program to recycle these drugs is about to get a boost from the federal government. Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.
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Company invests in bird-flu vaccine tests

Mar 31, 2006
GlaxoSmithKline plans to spend $2 billion on clinical trials for a pandemic flu vaccine that could be used if bird flu jumps to humans. Helen Palmer reports.
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Lawsuit: Sunscreen users burned by makers' claims

Mar 30, 2006
A class-action lawsuit was filed today against makers of suntan lotions. The suit alleges that most of the products don't provide as much protection as advertised. Dan Grech reports.
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The cost of mental health

Mar 30, 2006
Most managed healthcare plans don't include coverage for mental illness. But according to a new study, offering coverage for such afflictions results in little additional cost. Helen Palmer reports.
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<i>Chomp, chomp, snap</i> . . . Is gum good for health?

Mar 29, 2006
Have you ever been around someone who chews gum constantly? Do they seem happier? Healthier? Wrigley is betting millions of dollars on it. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
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Big Tobacco's woes

Mar 28, 2006
An independent consulting company has ruled that tobacco companies have lost a significant chunk of their market, and the 1998 $246 billion settlement they reached with states is partly to blame. The companies have been paying the states, but some provisions of the agreement have helped reduce the cash they fork over, and this latest ruling relates to one of those. Kai talks with Helen Palmer from the Health Desk at WGBH.
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Baby boon

Mar 28, 2006
Ever since the first test tube baby 28 years ago, the use of fertility treatments has become common. But they haven't become any cheaper. A while ago, we told you about a program that grants the cost of a fertility cycle to would-be parents who can't afford it. Lisa Napoli followed one couple who was chosen to participate.
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What's the price for a human egg?

Mar 28, 2006
Fertility clinics routinely pay women thousands of dollars for donating eggs, but if a scientist wants eggs for research -- to create new human stem cells, for instance -- well, that's more complicated. Allan Coukell reports.
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